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Reflecting on Advent

“Praise be to the Lord

Who does marvellous deeds

Praise be to his glorious name forever,

May the whole earth be filled with His glory”

Amen and Amen.   Psa 72.18-19 God

This wonderful affirmation takes us beyond our limitations into the spectrum of the Majestic Lord.

We commence Advent. We have acknowledged through the scriptures of the Liturgical Year, the coming of Christ as King. Now we await the good news of the fore runner: “….. see, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple: the messenger of the covenant, who you desire, will come, says the Lord almighty.” Mal 3.1

Over the past year we may have often grappled with the sometimes personal, sometimes global pain of life, and, like Christ’s prayer, we have said, “Lord, please remove this cup from me.” Perhaps we plunged into the shadows of sadness and pain, or stayed in a waiting void, unsure but hopeful

We might even have echoed these words of Solzhenitsyn in this year.

“And now the measuring cup returns to me,
Scooping up the living water,
God of the universe! I believe again!
Though I renounced You. You were with me!” 1.

It is then, the Holy One comes as incarnation, born of Mary’s womb into our hearts and minds.

Our guest in the coming year, Sarah Bachelard, will take us on a journey from Friday’s pain, through Saturday’s waiting, to Sunday’s joyful resurrection, in ‘Experiencing God in Times of Crisis’.

Yes. Praise to the Lord God. Let’s worship him in our very being.

To Ponder:

  • When have you been most aware of God this year?
  • Where were you least aware of God?
  • What are you bringing into this Advent Season?

– Patricia Stitt

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1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn p131 in “Finding God, a Treasury of Conversion Stories” ed John M Mulder 2012

 

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